Natural Building

A great accompaniment to the Permaculture Design Course, this is a thorough and highly practical introduction to the world of natural building.     

Learn resourceful and ecologically-centered construction through fun building projects around the community garden and get some more tools under your belt for resilience and self-sufficiency.

Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems.

Such projects are many and varied and may include earth pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens, attractive seating and landscaping, animal shelter, potting sheds, planter and wicking beds, solar dehydrators, compost bays and cold frames, setting up netting and shade systems, building a composting toilet, beehives or even a garden studio or summer sleep out!

Natural Building techniques and concepts covered:

  • Understand the principles of passive solar; thermal mass and insulation; breath-ability; seasonality; building appropriately for climate; embodied energy and ethical resourcing.
  • Learn cob construction; bottle walling; light earth; sustainable carpentry; foundations and drainage for small structures; and natural finishing techniques such as clay/lime renders and plasters.

Throughout the course there will be information on sourcing materials; a survey of traditional and resurgence natural building, theory and demonstrations, Q & A sessions and lots of hands-on-practice to really come to grips with the materials and techniques.

A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid before 12th April to secure a place in this course.

Date: Mondays, 20th April – 15th June (8 weeks)
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Fee:$280. (full) / $230. (Concession or Early Bird Discount. EBD available until 30th March)

Tutor: Perri Campbell.

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